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  • 3 nutrients linked with a better night's sleep

    07/30/2013 5:07:41 AM PDT · by opentalk · 60 replies
    FOX news ^ | July 29, 2013 | Deborah Enos
    ... Trouble getting to sleep: Magnesium plays a key role in the bodily function that regulates sleep. Insomnia is one of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency ,and in fact,a 2006 analysis in the journal Medical Hypothesis suggests that such a deficiency may even be the cause of most major depression and mental health problems.… Trouble staying asleep: Potassium supplements may be helpful to those who have trouble sleeping through the night,according to a 1991 study in the journal Sleep.... When most people think about potassium,they think bananas. Bananas do contain a fair amount of this mineral (about 10 percent of...
  • A Sleep Aid Without the Side Effects

    04/09/2013 6:43:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 61 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 3 April 2013 | Gisela Telis
    Insomniacs desperate for some zzzs may one day have a safer way to get them. Scientists have developed a new sleep medication that has induced sleep in rodents and monkeys without apparently impairing cognition, a potentially dangerous side effect of common sleep aids. The discovery, which originated in work explaining narcolepsy, could lead to a new class of drugs that help people who don't respond to other treatments. Between 10% and 15% of Americans chronically struggle with getting to or staying asleep. Many of them turn to sleeping pills for relief, and most are prescribed drugs, such as zolpidem (Ambien)...
  • Assad 'Having Trouble Sleeping', Says Syrian Journalist

    09/08/2012 1:45:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/9/12 | Elad Benari
    After nearly 18 months of dealing with an uprising in his country, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is having trouble sleeping at night, according to a Syrian journalist who previously worked at the presidential palace. The journalist, Abdallah Omar, said in an interview quoted by Channel 10 News that Assad “can sleep for only an hour or two at night.” Omar, who recently defected from Syria because of the ongoing violence in the country, said that the Syrian president watches from his office no less than 16 TV channels belonging to the rebel forces in the country. According to Omar, the...
  • Insomnia linked to high insulin resistance in diabetics

    05/02/2011 3:06:43 PM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    Higher blood glucose and insulin levels seen in poor sleepersIn the largest study of it kind to establish a link between sleep and diabetes, researchers found that people with diabetes who sleep poorly have higher insulin resistance, and a harder time controlling the disease. The findings, published in the June issue of Diabetes Care, suggest that poor sleep may contribute to worse outcomes in people with diabetes. "Poor sleep quality in people with diabetes was associated with worse control of their blood glucose levels," said Kristen Knutson, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and lead author of the study. "People who...
  • Men who don't sleep may die sooner

    09/01/2010 6:39:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    UPI ^ | 9/1/2010
    HERSHEY, Pa., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Men who complain of chronic insomnia and who sleep less than 6 hours a night have an increased risk of dying, U.S. researchers say. Principal investigator Dr. Alexandros Vgontzas at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., and colleagues had 1,000 women with a mean age of 47 years, and 741 men with an average age of 50, provide a comprehensive sleep histories in which insomnia was defined as a complaint lasting at least one year. Each participant also received a physical exam and had sleep evaluated in a...
  • New study suggests tart cherry juice can be a natural solution for insomnia

    07/12/2010 10:55:03 AM PDT · by decimon · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Weber Shandwick Worldwide ^ | July 12, 2010 | Unknown
    Researchers find red hot Super Fruit aids sleep in older adultsLANSING, Mich., July 12, 2010 – Drinking tart cherry juice daily could help reduce the severity of insomnia and time spent awake after going to sleep, according to a new study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food1. A team of University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester and VA Center of Canandaigua researchers conducted a pilot study on the sleep habits of 15 older adults. The adults drank 8 ounces of tart cherry juice beverage (CheriBundi www.cheribundi.com) in the morning and evening for 2 weeks, and a comparable matched juice...
  • Venezuela's Chavez offers cure for kids' insomnia (have the kids watch his speeches)

    06/14/2010 7:17:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 174+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/14/10 | Esteban Israel
    CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is offering parents a cure for children who don't want to go to sleep. Have them watch his televised speeches. In a television appearance on Thursday to extol the virtues of a portable computer his socialist government plans to introduce at public schools, Chavez said youngsters had stopped him in the street to tell him they saw him on television. "It seems that there are mothers here who, instead of putting their kids to sleep with cartoons, put them to sleep with Chavez," he said. "And the child dozes off and dozes off,...
  • EATING MELATONIN-RICH CHERRIES ARE ‘‘NATURAL” WAY TO RESET YOUR BODY CLOCK WHEN CROSSING TIME ZONES

    07/11/2009 9:24:53 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 45 replies · 1,719+ views
    EATING MELATONIN-RICH CHERRIES ARE ‘‘NATURAL” WAY TO RESET YOUR BODY CLOCK WHEN CROSSING TIME ZONES Research Reveals that Cherries Boost Your Body’s Melatonin Levels to Help Prevent Jet Lag After Long International Flights It takes mere seconds to reset our watch to a different time zone, but our body’s internal time clocks often take longer to sync up in our new locale. Experienced travelers often stash a bottle of melatonin supplements in their carryon bag to help adjust, but experts say there may be a more natural and tasty way to get melatonin: cherries. Recent studies have revealed that cherries...
  • Internet-based Intervention May Improve Insomnia

    07/07/2009 9:31:43 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 22 replies · 392+ views
    sciencedaily ^ | July 6, 2009
    An online insomnia intervention based on established face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy techniques appears to improve patients' sleep, according to a new report. About one-third of adults report symptoms of insomnia and approximately 10 percent meet diagnostic criteria for an insomnia disorder, according to background information in the article. The condition decreases quality of life, impairs daytime functioning, has personal and public health consequences and results in an estimated $41 billion in reduced productivity every year. Cognitive behavioral therapy—a psychological treatment focusing on the behaviors and dysfunctional thoughts that contribute to sleep problems—is one of the most effective treatments for insomnia....
  • Big cat issues wake-up call by going after 'Little Bear' (Lion in bedroom)

    10/04/2008 7:44:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 1,232+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 4, 2008 | Staff
    It was near midnight Tuesday when the woman was shocked awake in bed by the howling scream of her pet cat from under the bed. Through glazed, half-open eyes, Jane Chanteau, a 73-year-old grandmother, saw a giant animal next to her bed. "I was half asleep and first I though it was a big dog, trying to get under the bed, and I whacked him on the rear end, like, 'You're not getting my baby,' " Chanteau said. The animal leaped onto a box in the corner of the room. Chanteau realized she'd just swatted a 4-foot mountain lion that...
  • Self-help Program Delivered Online Can Improve Insomnia In Adults

    06/12/2008 6:02:24 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 1 replies · 53+ views
    Science Daily ^ | June 11, 2008 | Staff
    ScienceDaily (Jun. 11, 2008) — A cognitive behavioral intervention for insomnia delivered via the Internet can significantly improve insomnia in adults, according to a research abstract that will be presented on June 11 at SLEEP 2008, the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS). The study, authored by Lee Ritterband, PhD, of the University of Virginia, focused on 44 participants (mostly female) with an average age of 45 years. The participants were randomly selected to either the cognitive behavioral intervention for insomnia via the Internet or a wait list control. Measures of sleep, mood, cost, and cognitive...
  • Sunday Is 'Worst For A Night's Sleep'

    01/20/2008 6:39:05 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 178+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-21-2008 | Bonnie Malkin
    Sunday is 'worst for a night's sleep' By Bonnie Malkin Last Updated: 1:02am GMT 21/01/2008 It may explain that Monday morning feeling - research has found that Sunday is the most sleepless night of the week. Nearly 60 per cent of employees have their worst night's sleep of the week on Sundays, a survey claims, with restless nights forcing one in four to call in sick on a Monday. Disrupted sleep has also been blamed for a lack of concentration at work (46 per cent) on Mondays, increased irritability towards bosses (30 per cent) and the odd impromptu nap at...
  • Cholesterol-lowering drug linked to sleep disruptions

    11/07/2007 10:03:13 PM PST · by crazyshrink · 59 replies · 120+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 7-Nov-2007 | Edwin K. Kwon, B.A.; Michael H. Criqui, M.D., M.P.H.; and Joel E. Dimsdale, M.D.
    American Heart Association meeting report ORLANDO, Nov. 7 — A cholesterol-lowering drug appears to disrupt sleep patterns of some patients, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2007. “The findings are significant because sleep problems can affect quality of life and may have adverse health consequences, such as promoting weight gain and insulin resistance,” said Beatrice Golomb, M.D., lead author of the study and an associate professor of medicine and family and preventive medicine at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine. In the largest study of its kind, researchers compared two types of cholesterol-lowering...
  • Curing Insomnia Without the Pills

    11/06/2007 10:51:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 548+ views
    well.blogs.nytimes.com ^ | November 5, 2007 | Tara Parker-Pope
    Better sleep doesn’t have to come in a pill. For people with chronic insomnia, studies show that simple behavioral and psychological treatments work just as well, and sometimes better, than popular medications, according to a report in The Journal of Family Practice. The medical journal Sleep last year reported on five high-quality trials that showed cognitive behavioral therapy helped people suffering from insomnia fall asleep sooner and stay asleep longer. Another American Journal of Psychiatry analysis of 21 studies showed that behavioral treatment helped people fall asleep nearly nine minutes sooner than sleep drugs. In other measures, sleep therapy worked...
  • New 'sleep machine' could signal the end of insomnia

    05/02/2007 9:05:04 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 25 replies · 877+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 2, 2007 | ANDY DOLAN
    For anyone who struggles to get a good night's rest, it could be a dream come true. Scientists have invented a technique which they say could help trigger deep sleep in the most chronic insomniac. Using medical equipment, they stimulated the brain with harmless magnetic pulses. These penetrate the nerves that control a type of deep sleep called "slow-wave activity" and made their brains produce these waves. More follows... Researchers believe the same principles could be used to create a machine which can electronically stimulate a deep-sleep power nap. This mimics the restorative benefits of eight hours of rest. Professor...
  • One sleep disorder throws light on another

    01/29/2007 12:11:09 AM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 930+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 28 January 2007 | Heidi Ledford
    Close window Published online: 28 January 2007; | doi:10.1038/news070122-13 One sleep disorder throws light on anotherTreatment based on narcolepsy could promote sleep in insomniacs.Heidi Ledford Drug companies compete hotly to make the next big sleeping pill. Punchstock By learning from patients who nod off unexpectedly during the day, researchers have pinpointed a chemical that could help people who can't sleep at night. One out of every 10 people in the United States suffers from chronic insomnia, making for a big sleeping-pill market. The most popular pills work by strengthening the effects of a brain chemical that slows the nervous...
  • I just discovered "shuffle" in itunes

    12/05/2006 1:15:26 AM PST · by Yehuda · 31 replies · 438+ views
    self | today | Yehuda
    Ok, it's 4:11 AM and I just discovered the shuffle option in itunes and I am listening to the 4 Seasons, kinks, elvis, ventures etc and it will be a miracle if I don't wake up the missus tapping my foot against the floor and singing out of my cheap walkman headphones... "Don't think twice, it's alright babe..." So what are you listening to?
  • Growing concern over Internet addiction

    05/19/2006 10:05:24 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 138 replies · 2,134+ views
    cnn ^ | 5/20/06
    For some, the Internet it has become an addiction, adversely affecting their lives and their family's lives. While not yet defined as a true addiction, many people are suffering the consequences of obsession with the online world, warns Dr. Diane M. Wieland, who treats patients with computer addiction in her practice in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. For some people, the Internet may promote addictive behaviors and pseudo-intimate interpersonal relationships, reports Wieland in the journal, Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. "Such cyberspace contacts may result in cyber disorders such as virtual relationships that evolve into online marital infidelity (cybersex) or online sexually compulsive behaviors,"...
  • Valley of Vision: Sleep

    04/21/2006 3:35:57 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 446+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Blessed Creator, Thou hast promised thy beloved sleep; Give me restoring rest needful for tomorrow’s toil; If dreams be mine, let them not be tinged with evil. Let thy Spirit make my time of repose a blessed temple of his holy presence. May my frequent lying down make me familiar with death, the bed I approach remind me of the grave, the eyes I now close picture to me their final closing. Keep me always ready, waiting for admittance to thy presence. Weaken my attachment to earthly things. May I hold life loosely in my hand, knowing that I receive...
  • What's Holding Up the Sandman?

    04/19/2006 10:49:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 603+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 11, 2006 | JANE E. BRODY
    Americans' use of sleeping pills is skyrocketing, up nearly 60 percent since 2000, with about 42 million prescriptions filled last year. Experts surmise that "modern lifestyles" and the accompanying stress of too much to do in too little time are largely responsible for the growing need for the drugs. That may be true. But I see an altogether different explanation for the flagrant use of sleeping pills. In the last decade, there has been a sea change in the kinds of drugs available to induce sleep, and these drugs have been widely promoted in print and on television. You could...
  • A Slight Change in Habits Could Lull You to Sleep

    04/19/2006 10:25:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 512+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2006 | JANE E. BRODY
    Faith Sullivan of Minneapolis was having a really hard time getting a good night's sleep. For years, she had slept about seven hours a night. Then, in her late 50's, something changed. After going to bed at 10 or 11 p.m., she would wake up around 3 a.m., unable to fall back to sleep. No, neither depression nor hot flashes were disrupting her night's rest. It was caffeine. She never drank caffeinated coffee in the evening, but she often had it as a midafternoon pick-me-up. Though she found it hard to believe that coffee at 4 p.m. could disturb her...
  • Sleep Disorder? Wake Up and Smell the Savanna

    03/14/2006 8:37:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 946+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 14, 2006 | RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, M.D.
    You would think the country is in the grip of an insomnia epidemic given the rising popularity of sleep drugs. Over the last five years, the use of hypnotics has increased by an astonishing 60 percent, according to IMS Health, a research company. Is the state of sleep in America really that bad? Disturbed sleep has to be one of the most common complaints in medicine. Not only patients but the general public seems to have a cherished notion of what constitutes a normal night's sleep: seven to eight blissful hours of uninterrupted slumber. Many patients tell me they have...
  • A New Sleeping Sickness Is Haunting Highways (the Ambien driver)

    03/07/2006 8:06:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 98 replies · 2,334+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 8, 2006 | STEPHANIE SAUL
    With a tendency to stare zombie-like and run into stationary objects, a new species of impaired motorist is hitting the roads: the Ambien driver. Ambien, the nation's best-selling prescription sleeping pill, is showing up with regularity as a factor in traffic arrests, sometimes involving drivers who later say they were sleep-driving and have no memory of taking the wheel after taking the drug. In some state toxicology laboratories Ambien makes the top 10 list of drugs found in impaired drivers. Wisconsin officials identified Ambien in the bloodstreams of 187 arrested drivers from 1999 to 2004. And as a more people...
  • Man charged with killing twin daughters [wealthy Wachovia Bank executive stabs his 5-yr-olds]

    01/21/2006 5:49:38 AM PST · by TaxRelief · 260 replies · 13,757+ views
    News 14 Carolina ^ | Jan 21, 2006 | Shawn Flynn, Kyle Almond
    MATTHEWS, N.C. -- Two twin girls were stabbed to death Friday at their home on Creek Pointe Drive, police said. The father of the 5-year-olds, David Lauren Crespi, [has been charged with murdering them. Medic reported that Crespi, 45, called 911 at 12:45 p.m., saying he fatally stabbed his daughters. He also threatened to kill himself, Medic said. When police arrived at the scene, Crespi was waiting for them outside the home. The children were inside, and there was nothing paramedics could do to save them. Officials couldn’t come up with an immediate explanation. “We’re not anywhere where we can...
  • 35 million Americans suffer from insomnia

    11/08/2005 7:51:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 650+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 11/08/2005 | Carey Hamilton
    Research has not found a cure-all for everyone While many of her constituents slept soundly, former Utah Gov. Olene Walker often would wander the governor's mansion in the middle of the night, responding to e-mails, reading or watching TV.    Walker suffers from insomnia, which afflicts about 35 million Americans, according to the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research.    "I've kind of reached a formula," said Walker, who is now in New York City representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an ambassador to other countries. "If after an hour of sleeplessness you can't fall asleep, get...
  • Two Men Walk Six Days Without Sleeping

    03/16/2005 3:24:49 AM PST · by MississippiMasterpiece · 8 replies · 563+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 15, 2005 | E. Glenford Prescott
    KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent - Two men in St. Vincent walked for six days without sleep in a bid to set a world record for the longest nonstop hike, but Guinness World Records said Tuesday it won't recognize the feat. Horns blared as thousands greeted Earl Daniel and Joel Butcher when they entered Heritage Square in the capital Monday at the end of a walk that lasted 144 hours and seven minutes. They began on March 8. It was not immediately clear how many miles they walked. Monday was National Heroes Day in this former British colony of 117,000 residents and...
  • Less Sleep, More Energy

    01/16/2005 3:03:17 AM PST · by The Raven · 22 replies · 1,584+ views
    Barry Yeoman and Reader's Digest ^ | Oct 2005 | Barry Yeoman
    PATRICIA PRATTIS JENNINGS, 63, FIRST TOOK PROVIGIL during a 2003 trip to Europe. Her doctor thought the drug—meant to help users suffering from a lack of sleep stay awake without jittery side effects—might counteract the jet lag that had plagued her throughout four globe-hopping decades as a pianist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her first morning in Switzerland, she popped half a pill. Her usual fatigue disappeared almost instantly. "I felt great all day and for a number of days after that," she says. The drug worked so well that she gave her husband some when he complained of feeling...
  • TIPS & TRICKS TO FIGHT OFF FATIGUE

    11/03/2004 10:14:20 AM PST · by Jaysun · 31 replies · 1,267+ views
    11/3/2004 | Jaysun
    I frequently pull “all-nighters” because I like to trade foreign currency. It occurred to me that there might be several of you that skipped the sack last night – as I did – because of the elections. Here are some things that I’ve found helpful in fighting off fatigue from lack of sleep. Some advise against large amounts of caffeine in this situation. I disagree. I actually have a feedbag of coffee on my shoulder at all times. Try not to get out of hand though because drinking too much will make you feel irritated rather than more energetic. Eat....
  • Putting a Price on a Good Night's Sleep

    01/13/2004 11:22:15 AM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies · 2,138+ views
    NY Yimes | January 13, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    Americans are about to be reminded again how much they need sleep — and sleeping pills. A new effort appears to be developing to expand the use of sleeping pills, which because of their potential for abuse have long had a reputation as being in some ways more dangerous than the insomnia they are meant to treat. Some sleep experts say newer pills are safer than the ones that once caused deaths from overdose. Moreover, some say, there is growing evidence that insomnia is a serious medical condition, not just a nuisance. "Slowly, we are beginning to identify that insomnia...
  • Scientists Create Lullabies From Brain Waves

    08/29/2002 6:58:41 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies · 341+ views
    ABCnews.com ^ | August 28, 2002 | Lee Dye
    Some time ago I had a record album that seemed magical. It put me to sleep within minutes. Now, it turns out that it may not have been magic at all, but science. Researchers at the University of Toronto's sleep clinic have found that the human brain creates its own internal music, and that same music can be used to fight a common problem that affects millions of people across the continent: anxiety insomnia. By playing their own "brain music" back to them, researchers were able to get persons with sleeping disorders to fall asleep more quickly, and to...